Friday, July 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was a cliché coastal sea breeze yesterday, blowing strongly from exactly noon to midnight. Gusts were classic, too, reaching into the 30s; Waldport had the peak at 37 mph. The mercury was also seasonal in the upper-60s and scattered clouds gave the sky some contrast. Skies were mainly clear throughout the evening and overnight with average lows in the 50s. Lots of blue brought on dawn, some thin marine clouds lurked offshore and a light northeast wind ruffled the leaves.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 69F/58F/32mph
Depoe Bay: 64F/58F/28mph
Forecast: Meteorologists are struggling with what to call the hot weather expected inland this weekend. Only two days of it are predicted, so the term ‘heat wave’ apparently doesn’t work. They’re now using ‘hot spell’ as the preferred label. Our hot spell will be even shorter, just one day, Saturday. Today is shaping up to be typical with sunshine, an afternoon sea breeze and highs around 65F. Mostly clear with patchy fog tonight, low about 55F. Tomorrow, look for sunshine with light winds and the thermometer rising to 70-75F. Outlook is for business as usual Sunday as we return to partly sunny skies and 65F. Patchy drizzle is possible on Monday, cooler, high 60-65F, and then a slight chance of showers develops for Tuesday through Thursday.
Travel: A Special Weather Statement and Fire Weather Watch have been issued by the National Weather Service for tonight through tomorrow for the Willamette Valley, the adjacent Coast Range and foothills, Mount Hood National Forest west of the Cascade Crest, and the Willamette National Forest. Lowland temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s, and 80s at the higher elevations, are expected. The combination of an increasingly hot, dry and unstable environment and critically dry fuels may pose a significant challenge to control efforts of any existing or newly started fires. Holdovers from recent lightning strikes may attempt to grow into larger fires during this event.
In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps 85-90F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; sunny, gusty north winds, the free air freezing level is 13,000. Outlook for weekend travelers is bare pavement, hot and dry through Sunday night.
Marine: It’s choppy offshore this morning with seas 7 feet at 7 seconds and N winds 5-15 knots, lightest nearshore. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening nearshore and through tomorrow evening beyond 10 miles offshore. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight for waters 10-60 miles offshore. N winds 10-15 knots gusting 25 this afternoon with swells/windwaves 5-6 feet at 5-8 seconds. Northerlies ease nearshore after midnight to 10-15 knots but stay 20-25 knots offshore tonight with swells of 6 feet at 8 seconds. Tomorrow, expect N wind 10-20 knots gusting 25 and swells building to 8 feet at 9-10 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds 10-15 knots on Sunday, swells 7 feet. Then nor’westers 5-10 knots with seas subsiding to 4-5 feet Monday and Tuesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 5-9 feet (moderate).
* Inland residents coming to the Central Coast to cool off should remember that the ocean is extremely cold and that swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
07/17 Fri 07:58 AM -0.91 L
07/17 Fri 02:38 PM 7.33 H
07/17 Fri 07:57 PM 2.67 L
07/18 Sat 01:49 AM 8.36 H
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, then patchy fog, partly cloudy and warm.